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Old 01-24-2011, 11:57 PM
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Default What would cause a power steering pump to go bad - twice

I am looking into an 01 Disco with a bad steering pump. This is the second time it failed in a year. The owner had it replaced the first time by the local shop - presumably OEM. He is not sure why it failed but suggested maybe leaky seals somewhere.

My concern is the steering rack itself - on my 98 volvo my power steering pump started acting up because I was loosing fluid out the seals of the rack - only solution - rebuilt rack. Is this something I have to be concerned about on the Disco ?

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Old 01-25-2011, 08:08 AM
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Rovers don't have steering rack, they have a gear box.
Since you don't know for sure, it may have had a used pump or a poorly rebuilt pump installed. Next time go with a new pump.
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:18 AM
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Ok, comforting answer.

Thanks Mike
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Old 01-25-2011, 12:58 PM
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Most guys will put on a rebuilt pump, usually they will go out soon as well. Some guys feel if they get one with a decent warranty they will just keep swapping them but why go through all the unnecessary work.
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Old 01-25-2011, 02:52 PM
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The rover pumps suck. Take your old pump take it apart and RTV it back together. Mine lasted like that for months until the truck got totaled.
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:36 PM
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I know it can be a pain to change them over and over, maybe using the rtv trick would be a good idea. Just wanted to add that I just bought a rebuilt Cardone pump from rockauto.com and they told me that it has a lifetime warrant, so at least if it fails new ones are free. Also, they were one of the cheapest rebuilt ones I could find.
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Old 01-26-2011, 12:51 PM
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Whats involved in the rebuild, and "disk oh no" how much did it cost from rockauto

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